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Two if by Sea | Etsy Vintage Shop

I recently revamped my Etsy shop, and it's now full of lots of fun, vintaged treasures for sale!

Two if by Sea

I LOVE thrifting/yard sales/estate sales/flea markets, and while I try to just window shop, it's easy to build up quite the collection.   Once my hubby starts throwing shade at my accumulating pile of vintage goodies, I know it's time to start selling them off!  So, yes, the shop is basically an excuse to fuel my habit.  Oops!  But of course I also want to share all my treasures with you fine people of the internet. 

I have lots of mid-century items found in LA and Palm Springs, and other items of various styles from my travels.  

Hop on over and check out the shop!  And please stop by often, as I'll continue adding new wares for you to browse and buy. 

 

 

Our Home: The Befores

Hiya everyone, and Happy [belated] New Year!

I have been holed up for the past bit, working on some fun TV spots (thanks, Superbowl), traveling for the holidays, and then working on the house in any other sliver of free time.  Let's just say, things continue to be busy around the Wilson house!  

Speaking of our house...I know a handful of you out there have been anxiously (and patiently, thank you) awaiting to see posts about our house.  Now that we are winding down on renovations, and I feel like the possibility of having a life is slowly seeping back into my future, I thought it was about time to at the very least, post some Before photos. 

BEFORE

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Our townhouse was a short sale, and that process can be grueling!  We were very fortunate to have had only a 4 month timeline, as opposed to the 8 - 12 months it sometimes takes.  I'll write more about the short sale process some other time... 

Built in the 1980s, the overall space wasn't bad, but the kitchen and baths were very dated.  Some other details had been more recently renovated (popcorn ceilings removed, can lights installed, etc.) which saved us a ton of time and money.  The conditions were definitely livable, but we knew if we ever wanted to do big renos it would easier to do them all at once, at the beginning, while we're not living there--if at all possible.  So, we went for it!

There were some questionable decor choices, like the plasticky-bright cherry red laminate floors in the main living space, that we couldn't wait to rip out.  I promise it looks cleaner and nicer in pictures--everything was pretty grungy in person...and so many shades of beige.  Yikes.

We love the open downstairs layout, it's prime for entertaining.  And we have a powder room/laundry room on the main floor--yippee!  

The kitchen reno is a whole saga unto itself.  Here it is in its untouched glory.  Luckily we inherited these appliances, so that was a nice bonus.

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Remember when I said the place was grungy?  Check out these grody stairs.  We hated that the carpet wrapped over the edge.  And there was some seriously funky dirt going on--carpet was the first thing to go!

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Upstairs are two really good size bedrooms and two baths.  Great bones, but eeesh--project time!  Here's the Master...

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And the pukey-green guest room...

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Hello cute husband!

I can't wait to tell you more details about our reno process, and show you our progress in photos.  Let's just say, it's looking quite a bit better these days and we are thrilled!  Be back with more soon!

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under home, pretty, style.

Thanksgiving, California Style

It's almost turkey time, hooray!  Does everyone have fun and yummy plans for this year?  Since we are in flux between houses (yes, I will hopefully write home reno posts soon...), we are not hosting this year.  But a potluck with dear friends will do the trick!

I thought I could still share some Thanksgiving inspiration with you, since we hosted at our place last year.  I went with a clean + modern twist on traditional Thanksgiving decor.  It didn't hurt that all my decor was free (thanks, Nature), or something I already had.  And the beautiful, crisp Autumn sky was the perfect backdrop for our outdoor meal!

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Our everyday white plates looked so fresh on earthy Kraft paper. I created a center runner of lemons from our backyard, candles, and clean foliage from a tree.  The table still felt autumnal with lighter greens and yellow, instead of traditional darker hues like burgundy, red, or hunter green. 

The first Thanksgiving I lived in LA, we had Friendsgiving on a rooftop patio.  I fell in love with outdoor dining.  I take advantage of it that as much as possible.  Sigh, have I mentioned I love LA?

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We had the most delicious plate of food, mostly thanks to my friend Callie, who is basically a chef.  She made some sinful gluten free versions of old Thanksgiving staples, and our pal Zak made his famous loaded deviled eggs--yum.  

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Oy, I think I just gained 5 pounds just reminiscing about that plate of food.  I was pretty proud of my first solo turkey too!

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This year, I'm going to make pecan pie, potato casserole (totally healthy. psyche!), and THIS delicious recipe for Sausage + Swiss Chard Stuffing--I made it a couple months ago for the Darling Magazine Friendsgiving spread photo shoot, and so I can tell you it is scrumptious from experience (anyone at that table look familiar?)!

 via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

Hopefully next year I can give you a peek inside hosting at our new place! 

There's SO much to be grateful for this year!  I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends, family, food and lots of thankfulness.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Exciting News!

(No, we are not preggo.  Does anyone else feel like that's the first question when you say the word "news" to anyone when you're a late-20s female?  Anyway... )

This is an exciting and busy month on the Bestside.  Besides normal busy life, two big things are happening for us this month:

1. We bought a house!  Yes, it's been in the short sale process for months now, but we are finally officially homeowners!  We're thrilled to get in there and start doing some renovations, and I can't wait to share them with you here on the blog.  Look!  We already literally marked our territory on a big slab of marble for our future kitchen countertop...

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2. We are going to London!  My super talented hubby won a commercial contest for a spot he wrote and directed (ummmm yeah I'm pretty proud!).  And...they are sending us to London for part of the prize, whee!  So, expect me to be blowing up Instagram with some England goodness soon!  Also, I just went a little Fall wardrobe crazy and bought a bunch of black and burgundy things to wear in jolly ole London, chap!  

This was my inspiration from Ali @ Houseon8th! 

 via Houseon8th

via Houseon8th

Feeling very blessed around these parts.  More to come on both fronts; check back for LOTS of posts and pictures!

 

 

Posted on October 15, 2013 and filed under home, style, travel.